The Deadlift and its Benefits

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Strength trainers and bodybuilders know the deadlift well. In fact many people may even argue that it is one of the best exercises to do when building strength - maybe even one of the best exercises ever. Read below about the benefits, cautions, and then check out a video of how it works.

Benefits of deadlifting

The deadlift is a compound exercise and is so effective because of it's overall body development. It works just about every muscle in the body. The muscles it targets include:

  • quadriceps
  • hamstrings
  • glutes
  • trapezius muscles
  • lats
  • spinal erectors
  • abs

Because the deadlift works so many muscles, particularly your core muscles, it can help reduce lower back pain and improve posture. It is also as great fat burner since you are working so many muscles at once. With all of those muscles getting a workout, you can end up boosting your metabolism as well.

Things to be aware of before deadlifting

Good form is essential when attempting the deadlift. There are a lot of mistakes you can make with bad form which can lead to serious injury. If you have never done the deadlift, it would be best to get advice from a personal trainer or an experienced strength trainer on proper form. Other things to keep in mind are:

  • Avoid moving your feet (they should stay in one place)
  • Don't round your back
  • Don't lean backwards as you lift
  • Try not to do the movement to quickly (jerking the bar)
  • Don't lift more weight than you can handle

I plan on purchasing a barbell and weights just to begin performing the deadlift. It looks like a very effective exercise. Check out a video below of how it is performed.

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